By Mitch Holt, Opinion Editor
For students who like sports but aren’t on a varsity team, the university’s intramural program offers fall intramural sports leagues for exceptionally competitive students and for those who just like to play for fun.
“Through intramurals, students can participate in a championship league for the more competitive players, or a recreational league, if you prefer a more fun-centered atmosphere,” said Susan Hardcastle, administrative coordinator of the Intramural Sports Department.
The first intramural event of the year will be a softball double-elimination tournament, which costs $35 per team. The sign-up deadline for the tournament is Friday, and games begin Monday.
Tennis, which costs $10 per person, and flag football, which is $225 per team, will be offered after the close of the softball tournament, and the signup deadline for each is Sept. 8.
Students must sign up for the three-on-three basketball tournament by Nov. 4, and cost is $35 per team. The waterball sign-ups will end Nov. 10 and will cost $100 per team.
Hardcastle said intramural sports are for any student or graduate student who enjoys playing sports.
“Get teams together in dorms, classes and clubs and bring team member names into the intramural sports office in Bennett Gymnasium along with team payments,” she said.
“A great way to keep up with what’s going on in intramurals from week to week is to look at the department bulletin board on the McGlothlin Campus Center side of the jogging track in Moody Coliseum and to watch myACU closely for announcements,” Hardcastle said.
Intramurals are an enjoyable way for students to become physically active and to interact with students who have similar interests, she said.
“Intramurals are the best thing that has ever happened to me,” said Elliott Wood, junior psychology major from Nashville, Tenn.
Steven Saffel, senior biology and pre-med major from Abilene, said intramurals provides a good opportunity to hang out and meet people.
“From the people who work to the people who participate, we all have a great time,” Saffel said. “It’s a great way to stay out of trouble.”